Play | Elements of Play

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14/06/2022 - Play is important to us. Taking moments away from project orientated objectives to play with light is a joyful experience. Play also fuels our creativity, generates unexpected possibilities and embraces a divergent mindset.

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Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Buckminster Fuller are mentioned as practitioners who developed work based on Froebelian methods of play.

To the Eameses, play meant undertaking an activity simply for the value of the activity itself.  It meant following interests and information without a sense of immediate payoff, but instead developing connections and seeing where they might lead. It meant engaging in a process of trial and error and letting the learning unfold from the doing.”

Eames Institute

To the Eameses, playfulness offered not only new perspectives but were "preludes to serious ideas". For Isamu Noguchi, play was a central theme. One that he pursed and expressed in much of his work.

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct”

Carl Jung

Creativity is defined as the "use of imagination to come up with original ideas". Play in many ways is an outlet for imagination.”